In a Texas courtroom yesterday, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyer urged jurors to look at her whole life as a world-renowned breast cancer doctor, and not just the "one small slice" of it in which she poisoned her lover's coffee. But that argument didn't sway the jury, which sentenced her to 10 years in prison for poisoning the coffee of fellow doctor George Blumenschein after he decided to stay with his longtime girlfriend, KHOU reports. "Yes, she's someone who had a bright career and saved lives, but that doesn't mean she's different from any other person in society," the prosecutor said.
The pair worked together at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center. Blumenschein testified that the poisoning with a chemical found in antifreeze has shortened his life span, leaving him with only 40% of his kidney function. Gonzalez-Angulo is expected to lose her medical license—which the prosecutor says she has only herself to blame for—but patients present in the courtroom were saddened by the sentence. "She saved my life and the lives of so many other people," a former patient told the AP after the sentence was announced. "It was heartbreaking for me to see her placed in custody and taken to jail. She doesn't deserve it." (Read more coffee stories.)